HOT Cares Christmas Helps Mother-of-Three Provide for Her Family This Christmas

HOT Cares Christmas Helps Mother-of-Three Provide for Her Family This Christmas

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HOT Cares Christmas Helps Mother-of-Three Provide for Her Family This Christmas

Most of us have simple needs and tastes, and they often include just being able to provide for our families.

That’s all a lot of us really want to do and it’s clearly something close to the heart of Luisa Tsinda.

Her story reached us via Tina Sideris, who operates a petrol station in Isando, Kempton Park. 

“We have been operating here since 2004, which is when we started our friendship with Luisa, the lady who sells vetkoek across the road from us,” says Tina. “Luisa is a hard-working mother of three and lives in the Elandsfontein informal settlement.”

Luisa would arrive with her caravan early in the morning, preparing vetkoek and hot meals in her mobile kitchen and selling them at lunchtime.

“At the end of the working day, Luisa would hitch up her caravan and take it down the road, where she would park it outside a company that operates 24 hours a day, thinking that her caravan would be safer there,” says Tina.

Unfortunately, Luisa’s caravan was recently stolen in the middle of the night, with thieves coming in and stealing everything – her caravan, gas bottles, tables, chair etc. 

Despite the robbery, Luisa still arrived the next morning, setting up a small table in an attempt to earn a living and provide for her family. 

“I was listening to your station and thought I would write in to see if she could be assisted in any way,” says Tina. “I just feel so sorry for her, as she is a very hard worker and all she is trying to do is survive.”

The Hot Cares Christmas team couldn’t agree more and just like Tina, would like to help Luisa any way we can, particularly with her working with just a plastic table and chair in the hot sun and rain.

Luisa’s commitment shows us just how determined she is to provide for her family and look after her customers.

With that in mind, we would like to bless Luisa with the following: an Express Mobile Kitchen valued at R32 000!

The mobile kitchen is fully equipped with: two heavy stove burners; grill; food warmer; chip fryer; 20L water bottle; light; big sink with dryer; work surface; 9kg mesh gas cage; 9kg filled gas canister; license disk; two tyres; and padlock.

Further to that, the Hot Cares Christmas will be topping that donation up with ingredients, stock, chairs, containers, and consumables to the value of R5 170.50!

Total value = R37 170.50!

We hope that means an extra-special Christmas for Luisa this festive season.

HOT Cares Christmas and CE Mobility Come Together to Help Car Accident Victim This Festive Season

HOT Cares Christmas and CE Mobility Come Together to Help Car Accident Victim This Festive Season

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HOT Cares Christmas and CE Mobility Come Together to Help Car Accident Victim This Festive Season

This story has touched the hearts of everyone in the Hot Cares Christmas team.

We were contacted by Vicky Pheiffer, who unfortunately was in a car accident last year, which left her in a wheelchair.

“This changed my life into a living nightmare and although many injuries can be treated, this one needs more than just a Band Aid and pain tablets,” says Vicky. “My situation requires extensive, expensive and specialized surgery and rehabilitation.” 

That being said, Vicky has maintained a positive outlook on life, despite her circumstances.

“I appreciate life, love my world, love to connect with friends, be a mother to my children and a wife to my loving husband,” she says.

Vicky is an outdoors person and loves walking around her garden, going on hikes, and the sunlight on her skin. On top of that, she says she has never taken life for granted and has always tried to give back, through charity, food projects, donations etc.

But, she now finds herself in a wheelchair for most of the day and cannot stand up without assistance. She has trouble bathing herself and needs the help of her husband for that and other duties.

“Going outside is a mission, as my chair goes first, then I’m carried out and strapped in, and I can no longer feel the fresh grass under my feet and my hands filled with soil. I am in pain, but I am not beaten,” says Vicky.

Compounding the situation is the fact that Vicky and her husband are now living off just one salary, as she has found trying to find employment a challenge since her accident, despite having an international qualification as a PA.

“I am very willing and able to work and I have had lots of interviews, but as soon as they see me in a wheelchair then the interview is over and the position has been filled,” she says. 

That one salary is just enough to pay rent, petrol, electricity, and water, but there are some days when Vicky and her husband have absolutely no food in the house and go to bed hungry.

“I just want my life back, my pain relieved, and to be able to give back again,” says Vicky.

So, how can the Hot Cares Christmas team make a difference to Vicky’s life this festive season?

Well, we know that since her car accident, doing day-to-day things has become incredibly difficult, so we wanted to do what we could to ease that pain for her.

Fortunately, we have great partners in our stable, like CE Mobility, the wheelchair and seating specialists. We decided to call them and they have really come to the party!

CE Mobility are going to be providing Vicky with a bath lift to the value of R12 677!

On top of that, the Hot Cares Christmas team will also be sending Vicky groceries to the value of R5000!

Hot Cares Christmas and McCain Foods Make a Difference to the Pillay Family This Festive Season

Hot Cares Christmas and McCain Foods Make a Difference to the Pillay Family This Festive Season

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Hot Cares Christmas and McCain Foods Make a Difference to the Pillay Family This Festive Season

Covid-19 has been devastating for so many families.

Not only has the virus resulted in families losing loved ones, but the knock-on effects have been equally devastating, with jobs and businesses lost, and people finding themselves out of work and unable to generate an income.

The Pillay family from Boksburg are such a family, with Charmaine and her husband now unemployed, as a result of the effects of Covid-19.

On top of that, they have a 13-year-old son, Travis, who needs specific care.

Travis was diagnosed with Batten disease, which is the common name for a broad class of rare, fatal, inherited disorders of the nervous system.

“It’s a rare medical condition that they say is incurable,” says Charmaine. “But, he’s a miracle boy. Doctors gave him just a few years to live, but with grace of God and love and care, he has survived the journey.”

Unfortunately, Travis cannot walk, talk nor see, but “he is so incredibly intelligent with his listening skills and he just loves TV!” says Charmaine.

Travis is clearly an amazing, brave boy who has already been through so much in his short life, but it’s been a tough road.

“We will never give up,” says Charmaine. “But, we are in a financial crisis and need help. We are also on the verge of losing our house, so I pray you have a heart and can help us pay at least one month’s bond payments, so we can have shelter, and anything you can do to help with groceries. Any contribution would be highly appreciated.”

Well, the Hot Cares Christmas team has a big heart, as do the many fantastic partners we have in our generous community. One of those partners is McCain Foods and they wanted to get involved when they heard Charmaine’s story.

McCain foods has come to contribute the following:  

  • 6 x R4000 per month of McCain wholesome and nourishing food = R24 000

 

But wait, there’s more!

McCain would also like to gift the family with nappies and some money to cover expenses, to the value of R20 000!

Total value of the donation – R44 000!

We hope that means the Pillay family will have a truly happy Christmas.

If you would like to nominate a worthy recipient for the Hot Cares Christmas, get in touch with Hot Cares at hotcareschristmas@hot1027.co.za.

Hot Cares Christmas Makes Up Operation Short-Fall for 13-Year-Old In Need

Hot Cares Christmas Makes Up Operation Short-Fall for 13-Year-Old In Need

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Hot Cares Christmas Makes Up Operation Short-Fall for 13-Year-Old In Need

Rigid and Recalcitrant Talipes Calcaneovalgus is a congenital deformity of the foot and effectively is a condition that presents as the opposite of ‘club feet’. 

It can be very painful and it’s something 13-year-old Madison (Madi) Peacock was born with and has had to live her whole life with.

The Hot Cares Christmas team was made aware of Madi’s story by family friend Tayla Goddard, who told us that Madi is the youngest of three daughters being raised by single mom Tracy, who lost her husband back in 2015.

Madi had the first of many operations at the age of just three-months-old and more have followed, which, as you can imagine, has been pretty traumatic for her. Further to that, doctors are unable to put plates in her feet until she stops growing.

Unfortunately, Madi’s condition is worsening daily and she’s in desperate need of an operation that would ease some of her pain and change her life. It’s been priced at approximately R85 000.

“Madi is now walking with crutches and instead of being active with her friends, all she can do is lie on the couch in constant pain,” says Tayla. “This, from a youngster who never complains about pain.”

The family are trying to raise the money to have the surgery done before Madi starts high school, so that she has time to recover and can participate in school activities.

“Your support would be the greatest gift to a girl we all love immensely and wish nothing more for,” says Tayla. “We would just love for Madi to be pain-free and to be able to walk comfortably, participate in sport, and do the normal things that 13-year-olds do.”

The Hot Cares Christmas team would love nothing more for Madi, and if there’s some way we can help, we will. We also appreciate what an incredible job the family has already done, raising over R65 000 for Madi’s operation.

We also know how life-changing this operation would be for Madi and every bit helps. So, with that in mind, Hot Cares Christmas will be contributing R21 000 to the cause, taking the amount of money raised for this operation from R65 438 to R86 438!

That means the family can hit the target and should be able to afford Madi’s operation!

If you would like to nominate a worthy recipient for the Hot Cares Christmas, get in touch with Hot Cares at hotcareschristmas@hot1027.co.za.

HOT Cares Christmas to Ease the Pain of ICU Nurse Thanks to Close Friend

HOT Cares Christmas to Ease the Pain of ICU Nurse Thanks to Close Friend

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HOT Cares Christmas to Ease the Pain of ICU Nurse Thanks to Close Friend

The Hot Cares Christmas team has been blown away by the number of stories that have reached us from friends and family, putting forward the cases of those close to them, in a bid to ease the pain – be it physical, mental or financial.

Suzan Blackstock got in touch with us with such a story.

It concerns her close friend and fellow ICU nurse, Kim Decsi. They’ve known each other for 20 years and have worked together for some time, but for the past 18 months Kim’s health has deteriorated and she is unable to work. 

Sue takes up the story.

“From being a vibrant nurse, she is now unable to walk or leave her house due to her severely-swollen legs,” says Sue. “The doctors don’t know what the cause is, and because she can’t work, she is reliant on the charity of others for food and assistance at home. All the years I’ve known Kim she has always been a very generous person to others. Now she is unable to do anything for herself without the assistance of others.”

Unfortunately, as a result of her condition, Kim’s legs have developed cellulitis and need to be elevated as much as possible, which she can’t do unless she lies on her bed. According to Sue, she’s in constant pain, which also makes it difficult for her to walk without assistance.

“She is mostly bedridden, with the result that her mattress has collapsed and she is unable to sleep properly,” says Sue. “She is unable to sit for long periods on her bed with her legs down, otherwise the swelling just gets worse. She is isolated from the rest of the house, as there is nowhere for her to sit to elevate her legs when she is able to move around.”

Sue’s wish this Christmas is for Kim to get a new mattress and a chair, or at least something that would lift her legs while she’s sitting. 

“Please, if you are able to help her, I would be very grateful,” she says. 

It sounds like Kim has had a rough time of it and the Hot Cares Christmas team would like to at least ease some of her pain, particularly as Kim has spent many years working as an ICU nurse and looking after others.

Hot Cares Christmas is fortunate to enjoy a strong relationship with the good people at Ecomed Medical and they have offered to help Kim with the following:

  • new bed
  • reclining chair
  • wheelchair
  • extra “goodies” for Christmas
  • a nurse to visit and assess any other needs she may have for her condition, to ease her pain

If you would like to nominate a worthy recipient for the Hot Cares Christmas, get in touch with Hot Cares at hotcareschristmas@hot1027.co.za.

 

HOT Cares Christmas Puts Community Hero First This Festive Season

HOT Cares Christmas Puts Community Hero First This Festive Season

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HOT Cares Christmas Puts Community Hero First This Festive Season

The tourism industry has been one of the industries most affected by Covid-19 and the resulting lockdowns, so it’s no surprise to hear hard-luck stories from people in that sector.

Charmaine Banks has such a story, but it’s also an inspiring one.

“All our lives were turned upside down in March 2020 and for the last 21 months we have been given constant blows, ranging from lockdowns to riots, our biggest source markets being closed off, travel bans etc. Our team members have had to sacrifice their time, mental and physical health, and above all, trying to stay motivated on reduced salaries,” says Charmaine.

Her story concerns a colleague, Andile Sibande, who despite taking a 50% pay cut last year, took it upon himself to start a soccer club for youngsters in his community to keep them motivated and out of trouble.

“He is really passionate about soccer and making a positive impact on the lives of these boys,” says Charmaine. “Starting this club was just Andile’s way of drawing on his own passion and continuing to give back to his community, despite losing half his salary.”

It’s not as though Andile doesn’t have other commitments. In fact, he has a little boy called Lwandle, who is an absolute star and recently walked off with five awards at his school. But, Andile has been struggling to pay his school fees.

“I’m desperate to see what I can do to help – hence my request,” says Charmaine. “He’s just a brilliant dad to his beautiful little boy and an all-round inspiration. I completely understand that you are probably inundated with requests from community members who have experienced a lot of devastation this past year, but for me, personally, this is such a feel-good story.”

The Hot Cares Christmas team agrees and we want to do what we can to help Andile, particularly with him putting his community first, despite the pay cut and his difficult financial position.

With that in mind, we will be providing Andile with R10 000 towards his monthly expenses.

If you would like to nominate a worthy recipient for the Hot Cares Christmas, get in touch with Hot Cares at hotcareschristmas@hot1027.co.za.